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  Topic: Vanagons in the smoke
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Yesterday 10:58 am   Subject: Re: Vanagons in the smoke
This is from a couple weeks ago when the Bridger Foothills fire blew up outside of Bozeman. My wife and I drove past the night before when it was just a tiny plume of smoke. We camped in the mountai ...
  Topic: What make of roof rack mount is this on our Westy?
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:21 pm   Subject: Re: What make of roof rack mount is this on our Westy?
We just got our first Westfalia on Friday and very excited. 1990 VW Vanagon GL Westfalia. The van came with some older roof rack mounts but we have no which roof rack it would be from.

Would we be ...
  Topic: Samba sticker
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:20 pm   Subject: Re: Samba sticker
Needs to incorporate some kind of VW visual.

Are you volunteering to pay for the lawsuit?
  Topic: Buying my first Vanagon Westfalia - coolant light & warm-up?
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:18 pm   Subject: Re: Buying my first Vanagon Westfalia - coolant light & warm-up?
The amount of time you should 'warm up the engine' is enough time to have oil pressure rise and the oil pressure light to go out and maybe 10 seconds or so more max. Letting the engine idle for longe ...
  Topic: Buying my first Vanagon Westfalia - coolant light & warm-up?
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:58 pm   Subject: Re: Buying my first Vanagon Westfalia - coolant light & warm-up?
1-2: I would ask the seller why he warms it up. Maybe heís just used to old carbureted engines. If he says it wonít idle/move or stalls if not Warmed up something needs fixed. It could be a tempera ...
  Topic: Tires: Don't let Costco waste your time
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:01 am   Subject: Re: Tires: Don't let Costco waste your time
I once took my wife's car to Costco to have them remove our winter tires/rims from the car, swap our winter tires onto new rims, and put new summer tires on the old rims and mount the summer tires/rim ...
  Topic: 1988 Westy oil leak only on startup
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:17 am   Subject: Re: 1988 Westy oil leak only on startup
What causes that?!

I don't think that's true.

BUT, NOT running your van very often can allow various seals and gaskets to dry out and shrink so that could cause a leak - but I would think that's ...
  Topic: Fuel Leak after sitting for days
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:48 am   Subject: Re: Fuel Leak after sitting for days
I think you should find a friend to turn the key while you look at your engine. With that much fuel leaking out it should be pretty easy to pinpoint the location.

I would start with the fuel hose ...
  Topic: Vanagons in the Wilderness Thread
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:08 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagons in the Wilderness Thread
Very nice pictures and bikes! Where do you keep your bikes when you're sleeping?

Thanks!

We often camp in places where itís safe to just leave the bikes leaning against a tree. Otherwise we put ...
  Topic: Vanagons in the Wilderness Thread
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:03 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagons in the Wilderness Thread
Went for a MTB ride then attempted to find camping along a creek. Turns out one needs to go FAR away from the normal spots to find camping these days but this worked out great since the valley bottom ...
  Topic: Vintage Speed Stainless Vanagon J-Pipe replacment
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:11 pm   Subject: Re: Vintage Speed Stainless Vanagon J-Pipe replacment
I just put one of these on my van and am happy with it. It's fits great although I still have a small exhaust leak at the upstream end that I was hoping to eliminate. I plan to remove the SS pipe an ...
  Topic: oxidized rear hatch struts
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:01 pm   Subject: Re: oxidized rear hatch struts


Geeze, now all I can think about is color matched hatch struts.

Or maybe Bilstein Yellow.
  Topic: Vanagon Core Engine - Costs/Value
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:57 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagon Core Engine - Costs/Value
.What does someone do with cores that don't even rotate?

A friend of mine used (I think) and old Dodge straight 6 case and a sheet of glass to make a REALLY great coffee table. I suppose a WBX m ...
  Topic: oxidized rear hatch struts
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:22 pm   Subject: Re: oxidized rear hatch struts

THIS....



Another ďTHISĒ.

Shoot, after reading this thread Iím contemplating taking mine off just to paint them something more interesting than satin black!

Seriously, this is a 30 min ...
  Topic: Air dam needed for the front of a Vanagon?
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:19 pm   Subject: Re: Air dam needed for the front of a Vanagon?
how is the air dam connected? bolts or some type of glue

No glue for sure. IIRC, self tapping screws and those c-shaped body panel clips. I took mine off for off road clearance but may put it ba ...
  Topic: Front Wheel Bearing and Removing Play/Movement
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:16 pm   Subject: Re: Front Wheel Bearing and Removing Play/Movement
There is a Mercedes lock nut mentioned here that will let you fine tune the play and is reusable.

I suggest switching over the Mercedes nut for the very reason that it might take a few readjustmen ...
  Topic: 87 vanagon 2.1
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:22 am   Subject: Re: 87 vanagon 2.1
Is the weird sound you hear a buzzing sound coming from the pump itself because that is fairly common if not normal and if it runs and starts fine when cold but then makes the same sound and doesnt st ...
  Topic: Trip Report: Day trip to the Lehigh Gorge
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:01 am   Subject: Re: Trip Report: Day trip to the Lehigh Gorge
Thanks for the TR.

I grew up in NEPA and used to mountain bike ride around Jim Thorpe. It was poised to be the Moab of PA until (as I understand it) the Game Commission made many of the trails off ...
  Topic: Vanagons in hiding
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:50 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagons in hiding
My first car was a Super Beetle (this was 1990) and the best mechanic that I could sometimes get to work on it had at least 30 AC VWs in his yard. The one I remember most was an oval window bug with ...
  Topic: Vanagon Drive Characteristic
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:45 pm   Subject: Re: Vanagon Drive Characteristic
how tightly they can turn.

One of the first times my wife drove our van She was faced with parking in a tight spot. It was, well, tense. Itís a good idea to drive it a few times to get the feel be ...
 
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